WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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medication to treat the patients. Can you imagine having your appen- dix removed without anesthesia? I'll never forget eight of us holding down a soldier writhing in pain until he passed out," remembers Larisa of the horror. Exposed to the Worst of Mankind More horror followed in the summer of 1942 after the Germans occu- pied Rostov. Larisa recalls the deceptive signs the SS posted around Rostov luring the Jews: "To all our Jewish friends, come with your posses- sions and the keys to your home. We will take you to safety." The Jews who were duped were put in trucks, robbed, and then killed outside of town. "My brother and I heard about what had happened and in disbelief rode our bikes to see for ourselves. We found a ravine filled with murdered Jews left uncovered. It was a terrifying sight you can't even imagine." In September of 1942, Larisa herself was duped. "The Germans dis- tributed leaflets telling us what a nice life we would have in Germany. I had to go and wasn't scared. My family did not have much money, and I had just spent the winter digging ditches and helping wounded sol- diers. Maybe it would be better," explains Larisa of her wishful thinking. Even if Larisa had not fallen for the propaganda, remaining in Rostov was not a choice. The SS troops required all Russian women from the ages of 15 to 42 and all men from the ages of 14 to 52 to reg- ister. "My brother was 12 years old at the time, so my mother was allowed to stay home with him, and my father was exempt as he was older than 52. I was the only one in my family required to leave my country to serve the Germans." Larisa's hopes for a better future were instantly dashed as she boarded a cattle car crammed full of prisoners of war and without bathroom facilities. "We shared the little food we had with the fam- ished prisoners already on the train, but then the Nazis didn't feed us on our three-day trip to Germany. And they humiliated us, laughing when we jumped from the stopped train to relieve ourselves. It is unbelievable that something like this happened, especially because most Germans are not that kind of people," asserts Larisa. 58 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 an interview with larisa beresowskaja mccue

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